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Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) is the U.S. Navy's submarine training school for enlisted sailors. Located on Naval Submarine Base New Londonmarker (NAVSUBASE NLON) in Groton, CTmarker, the school is a six-week introduction to the basic theory, construction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. The course includes instruction on shipboard organization, submarine safety and escape procedures. This program is limited to male candidates only, and requires passing a physical and mental screening.

Daily Schedule

0530-620: Wake-up (variable, set your own alarm). Head call 'n Shave. Iron NSU's. Make racks. Dress into PT Gear.

0645: BESS muster.

0700-0800: PT on the ball field or Morton Hall Gymnasium.

0805-0840: Back to room for showers. 3 people, 1 room, 1 shower & commode. Dress into NSU's. Clean floor, desks, head, etc. Chow at galley.

0845-1030: Classes.

1045-1145: Afternoon chow. May run to NEX after eating at the galley if time permits.

1200-1430: Classes.

1600-1750: Evening chow at own choosing, afternoon liberty.

1800-2100: Night study

1500-2200: Liberty.

High Risk Trainers

The Navy operates four high risk trainers at New London that sub school classes attend in random order. They are:

  • Fire Fighting - Students are instructed in the differences between submarine and surface ship fire fighting and the special equipment used in sub-surface fire fighting.
  • Damage Control - Sailors are required to patch leaks and seal ruptured pipes before their compartment completely floods.
  • Submarine Escape - Personnel learn how to successfully escape from a disabled submarine.
  • Ship Control - i.e. "Dive And Drive." Students learn how to steer and dive/rise the submarine.


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